When the blood vessels that carry oxygen to the brain burst or are blocked by a clot, the brain can’t get oxygen and a stroke occurs.
The American Stroke Association lists the following warning signs of stroke:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sometimes these warning signs may last for only a few moments, and then disappear. These “mini-strokes” may be a sign that something more serious is coming. If you suspect this is happening to you or someone you know, do not wait. Call 911 or seek medical care immediately.
As a designated Primary Stroke Care Center, the ER at Central Florida Regional Hospital is recognized for meeting or exceeding national guidelines for stroke care – administering life-saving techniques within minutes of arrival.
According to the American Stroke Association, any of the following risk factors can increase your odds of having a stroke:
- High blood pressure: This is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke.
- Smoking: Smoking damages the cardiovascular system, increasing the odds of stroke.
- Diabetes: The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher and the risk of death from stroke is 2.8 times higher among people with diabetes.
- Age: The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade after age 55.
Understand your risks. Be aware of the warning signs and act fast.
If you have any questions about the risk factors or signs of stroke, you can get your questions answered 24 hours a day through our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at 1-800-445-3392 or 1-877-4-HCA-DOCS.
Central Florida Regional Hospital also offers an important and free opportunity to keep emergency officials and your family informed in case of an emergency like a stroke. In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards allows first responders and our ER to identify you, obtain important medical information and notify your family immediately.
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